Information on Hair Types

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Information on Hair Types


Andre Walker, a stylist and author of Andre Talks Hair, has created a classification system that many people have adopted to describe their own hair type. Andre’s system ranks hair type from 1-4 and is described further below. The numbers refer to the amount of curl or wave in a hair for example:

Type 1 hair is naturally straight and has no waves or curls. Type 2 hair has a slight wave to a frizzy wave. Type 3 hair has curls, curls and more curls with various sizes in diameter, and lastly Type 4 hair has coils and is kinky in texture. The letters that follow each number (A, B, and C) are used to define the thickness of each strand.

**Please use the photos below as a guide only. The appearance on hair types can always vary depending on weather (humidity etc.), styling techniques and hair products.**

Type 4

4B
4b Hairtype
4A4A Hairtype

According to Andre Walker, if your hair falls into the Type 4 category, then it is kinky, or very tightly curled. Generally, Type 4 hair is very wiry, tightly coiled and extremely fragile. Similar to Type 3 hair, Type 4 hair appears to be coarse, but it is actually quite fine, with lots and lots of these strands densely packed together. Generally Type 4 hair that is healthy won’t shine, but it will have sheen. It will be soft to the touch and will pass the strand test with ease. Not to mention feeling silkier.

Type 4 hairs looks tough and durable, but looks can be deceiving. If you have Type 4 hair, you already know that it is the most fragile hair around. There are two subtypes of Type 4 hair: Type 4A, tightly coiled hair that, when stretched, has an S pattern, much like curly hair; and Type 4B, which has a Z pattern, less of a defined curl pattern (instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter Z). Type 4A tends to have more moisture than Type 4B, which will have a wiry texture.

Type 3

3C
3C Hairtype
3B
3B Hairtype
3A
3A Hairtype

When this type of hair is wet, it appears to be pretty straight. As it dries, the hair goes back to its curly state. When curly hair is wet it usually straightens out. As it dries, it absorbs the water and contracts to its curliest state. Humidity tends to make this type of curly hair even curlier, or even frizzier. Type 3 hair has a lot of body and is easily styled in its natural state, or it can be easily straightened with a blow-dryer into a smoother style. Healthy Type 3 hair is shiny, with soft, smooth curls and strong elasticity. The curls are well-defined and springy.

Andre defines two subtypes of curly hair. First, there is type 3A hair which is very loosely curled and usually very shiny with big curls. The shorter the hair is, the straighter it gets. The longer the hair is the more defined the curl. Then, there is type 3B hair which has a medium amount of curl to tight corkscrews. It’s not unusual to see a mixture of these types existing on the same head. Curly hair usually consists of a combination of textures, with the crown being the curliest part. Lastly there is a type 3C, is hair type that is not in Andre Walker’s book, but many people suggest that it should be. This type of hair can be described as tight curls in corkscrews. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together

 

Type 2

2C
2C Hairtype
2B
2B Hairtype
2A
2A Hairtype

A relatively unusual type, wavy hair tends to be coarse, with a definite S pattern to it. Type 2A is very easy to handle, blowing out into a straighter style or taking on curlier looks with relative ease. Types 2B and 2C are a little more resistant to styling and have a tendency to frizz.

 

Type 1
Type 1 is straight hair. Not much to say about this category.

 

For more information about this topic or about this author, please refer to the book below:

Andre Talks Hair

 


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